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  • Event Snapshots: Best of Northwest Awards

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    1. The awards presentations took place in the distillery’s 1,650-square-foot Cask Room.

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    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    2. Phoebe Hopkins and Rachel Kehr, both with Westland Distillery.

  • Event Snapshots: Best of Northwest Awards

     
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    3. (L-R) Renatta Emerson, Immersion Events and Josh Hamon, Blue Danube Productions.

  • Event Snapshots: Best of Northwest Awards

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    4. Alan Alabastro, Alabastro Photography; Raven Girard; and Dutch Bihary, Contours FX.

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    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    5. Niki McKay, Blue Danube Productions.

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    6. Sheri Harbour de Vos, Northwest Meetings + Events, and Stuart Butler, Butler Seattle.

  • Event Snapshots: Best of Northwest Awards

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    7. Shellie Carroll and Lisa Burke, with Make A Scene; Alexandra Szablya and Helen Szablya.

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    8. Peter Robinson, Matthew Lund and Kris La Fata, all with Argosy Cruises.

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    9. Kelsey Dixon, Davies and Dixon; Nash Fung; and Rebecca Abram, Blue Danube Productions.

On Oct. 21, 2015, industry insiders gathered together at Westland Distillery in Seattle to celebrate the finalists and winners of Northwest Meetings + Events fifth annual Best of the Northwest awards. The event was sponsored by Butler Seattle, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Meydenbauer Center and Salem Convention Center. Event partners were Alabastro Photography, Blue Danube Productions, Herban Feast, Lisa Dupar Catering, PJ Hummel & Co., Wave Link Music, Inc., and Westland Distillery.

May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.

 

As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.

 

Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in our annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards? No? Well, get busy—voting ends Friday, May 19!

While we have included many of our old favorites, like best convention/conference venue and best event décor provider, this year we have some brand new categories as well, including Best Meeting and Event Planning Company and Best Winery/Brewery/Distillery with Event Space.